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Brave woman tried to calm London attackers and reasoned with them before police came


Police and forensic officers near the scene of an attack which has left one man confirmed dead and two people wounded near Woolwich barracks in London Wednesday, May, 22, 2013. Scotland Yard said officers responded to reports of an assault Wednesday afternoon in the London neighbourhood of Woolwich. London Ambulance service said one man was found dead at the scene and two other men were taken to the hospital, with one in serious condition.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (The Associated Press)

An unlikely hero has emerged from the apparent terror attack that left one man dead on the streets of London.

It is Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a woman who got off a bus and tried to reason with the two attackers after she tried to help the man lying on the street.

The 48-year-old is not a trained hostage negotiator but a scout leader who tried to keep talking to the two attackers before police came.

When one told her they planned to shoot police when they arrived, she asked the man quietly if that was a reasonable approach.

Loyau-Kennett told British media that she asked the other suspect if he was willing to give her what he was holding — which was a knife.